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Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni

Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni : A.Ortelius

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Ortelius' map of Tartary from the monumental atlas, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". This example with Spanish text to the verso. The map first appeared in 1570 and continued to be published into the seventeenth century. The map is based on earlier works by Ortelius and also Gastaldi's map of 1561, however, this particular map has also been updated to show the Anian strait, the North American north-west coast and Japan. A decorative title cartouche is shown upper right and sailing ships and hybrid fish are depicted in the waters. The settlements of 'Magnus Cham' are depicted pictorially on the map and show him sitting before a tent. Ortelius' atlas achieved instant fame as "the world's first regularly produced atlas" (Skelton), being the first atlas with maps prepared to a uniform format. It was also an immediate commercial success, being reprinted four times in 1570, the first year of its publication. The atlas was frequently reprinted, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new maps were added. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse.
mapmaker: A.Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 350 x 465
ref: 34150
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 163.

Price: £ 1600

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